Scottish Association For Mental Health
Scottish, GB
14h ago


£17,718 - £18,996 (pro rata), 20 - 30 hours per week

Due to the expansion of the service we are looking for a part time DBI Practitioner in our Borders Service. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to make a difference to peoples’ lives and support them to achieve their identified outcomes.

You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature attitude together with adaptability and enthusiasm.

The requirement for this post is a minimum of 2 years of experience working or volunteering in the field of mental health.

The office is based in Galashiels but staff will cover the whole of the Borders area.

As the position will involve a variety of shift patterns including evenings, weekends you will be flexible in the hours and shifts you are available to work.

The post will include travel across the Borders area, so access to your own transport is essential.

Closing date for all applications is 12.00 noon, Friday 18th January 2019.

This advert has been extended so previous applicants need not apply.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties . A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check.

Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

Role Summary Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Protect vulnerable groups and individuals from abuse in accordance with SAMH’s safeguarding framework.

Establishing effective and positive working relationships within the community to support the delivery of the service. Provide recovery based practical and emotional support to people referred to the service.

To identify and signpost people to appropriate resources, opportunities and activities within communities within 14 day support period.

To work autonomously, managing own workload, appointments, diary. Negotiating access to community based resources, on behalf of people with particular barriers.

Adhere to DBI timeframes of support Key Working Internal Relationships & Contacts

  • The postholder will be required to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Work effectively with other members of the team, and liaise effectively with families, agencies, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Work collaboritvely with psychologist partner
  • Working Environment / Special Circumstances

  • Lone Working
  • Evening and Weekend Working
  • Prepared to travel throughout the Scottish Borders
  • Driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • Experience & Qualifications Experience

    Working in a mental health context in the community (E)

    Experienced in working with people experiencing complex social and emotional circumstances, including people with mental health issues, substance and alcohol misuse, homelessness and physical health issues.

    E) To have experience of being in a supportive and enabling role (E) Qualifications

  • SVQ 2 level or equivalent in Social Services and Health Care; or relevant appropriate experience. (E) If the post-holder does not have this qualification they will be required to work towards it
  • If the post-holder does not have this qualification they will be required to work towards it during their employment Knowledge & Skills Knowledge

  • Knowledge of mental health illness and associated issues understanding of the difficulties faced by people with mental ill health. (E)
  • Knowledge of mental health illness and associated issues understanding of the difficulties faced by people with mental ill health.

  • Understanding of the issues and concerns of people accessing mental health services (E)
  • Knowledge of community mapping and local resources (D)

    Functional / Work-based Skills

  • Proven and highly effective interpersonal and communication skills in working with people on a 1 : 1 basis and with organisations. (E)
  • Excellent influencing, negotiation and motivational skills in order to engage people and to enable them to take up a wide range of community services and activities (E)
  • Excellent networking and information management skills (E)
  • Approachable, supportive and able to operate in a team and autonomously on own initiative.(E)
  • To be computer literate or demonstrate a willingness to learn (E)
  • Ability to work in an enabling and creative way (E)
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and accurately and ensure the messages are understood (E)
  • Ability to convey sensitive or contentious information appropriately (E)
  • Core Competencies and Commitment At SAMH, our values underpin everything we do. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity, respect and equality.

    We believe that everyone is entitled to hope and choice and to achieve personal fulfilment. These are the competencies that SAMH looks for and expects from staff who support the people who use SAMH social care services.

    These competencies enable SAMH to deliver its core purpose of mental health and wellbeing for all. Employees are required to read and understand the role profile for their position and are required to comply with SAMH’s policies, all laws, rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to their position and report any suspected violations of conduct to my line manager.

    All employees should adhere to the SAMH values in all interactions with service users, customers and colleagues. Core Competencies, Behaviour and Skills Recovery Focussed Empathise, inspire and motivate others.

    Deliver person centred and recovery focussed support to enable individuals to achieve positive outcomes. Communication Communicate effectively and professionally and contribute to the accurate recording and monitoring of all case and incident recording systems.

    This includes communications by email, by phone / text and other on-line methods. Build and develop positive relationships with those who use our services.

    Engage with a range of people from a wide variety of backgrounds Deliver a high standard / quality of work Maintain the highest personal and professional standards.

    Work professionally and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues, those who use our services and members of the public and to meet the requirements of funders and regulators.

    Undertake personal responsibility for conduct and work ethic in line with SAMH Code of Conduct, the SSSC Codes of Practice and other relevant professional standards.

    Critical Reflection and Learning Ability to reflect on own practice and learn from own experiences and those of others. Develop skills and knowledge of theory and practice and understand where role fits within SAMH and externally.

    Supportive of Equality and Diversity Challenge inequality and stigma; recognise and respond to the barriers individuals and groups face within society.

    Treat all people within SAMH (both staff and service users) fairly and with respect regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and / or sexual orientation.

  • Commitment to Health, Safety and Well-being Understand, encourage and carry out the principles of integrated safety management;
  • comply with SAMH Health and Safety Policy and Procedure; complete all required H & S training; take personal responsibility for safety.

    Participation Ensure the people who use our services have the opportunity to get involved in their support, their service, their community or in SAMH as an organisation.

    Team Working Ability to work as part of a team. Service User Engagement Develop, maintain and demonstrate a wide range of interpersonal skills when working with the people we support, including : open-

    minded, respectful, active listening, empathetic, promote independence, maintenance of confidentiality, honest, honourable in agreements and practices, appropriate body language, solution focussed, supportive and approachable, non-

    judgemental, pro-active, patience and resilience, professional approach

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